Senior Meray Eichstadt fired in three goals but Bemidji girls hockey could not keep up with Class A’s second-ranked team as Warroad ran out to a 10-4 victory on Thursday at the Warroad Gardens.
Despite the final result, Bemidji struck first in the game after just 90 seconds of play. Freshman Elizabeth Oster scored her second goal of the season to push the Lumberjacks in front early.
Warroad’s response was swift though, as Hannah Corneliusen–the state’s leading point-getter–scored the first of her three goals just 1:11 after Oster’s tally to tie the game. The Warriors would follow with four more goals in the first period, three of which came on the power play, to take a 5-1 lead to intermission.
After Tayla Hendrickson made it 6-1 only 1:18 into the second period, Eichstadt struck for the first time on an assist from Austyn Tobey at the 2:34 mark of the period. It was just her second goal of the season.
Corneliusen answered back once again just over two minutes later, but Eichstadt kept the scoring coming. She tallied a power play goal at 8:25 of the second off a feed provided by Chloe Hasbargen to make it 7-3.
Warroad added another goal before the second concluded to extend the lead to 8-3 after two. Despite the Warriors outshooting the Jacks 60-11, Nettie Kimble still piled up 50 saves in net, including a pair of denials battling Corneliusen.
Eichstadt’s special night was capped at 3:59 of the third period, as the senior completed her hat-trick on an unassisted goal. She had never scored a Varsity goal until earlier this season–the lone tally she carried into the trip to Warroad.
The Warriors powered in two more goals later in the third to complete the scoreline and make it 15 straight games (14-0-1) without a loss since a 5-4 defeat to Wayzata on Nov. 30.
Bemidji drops back under .500 at 10-11 ahead of a trip to Moorhead on Saturday afternoon. The Jacks defeated the Spuds in a wild 9-5 game earlier this season on Dec. 17. Face-off at the Moorhead Sports Center is scheduled for 4:30pm with Lumberjacks Live at 4:15 on KBUN AM1450/fm 94.9 and KBUN2 online.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Mike Johnson: